The 75th Vuelta a España 2020 has come to a close, with riders having completed all 18 from Irún to Madrid.
The race was tightly fought through the three weeks, but it was defending champion, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) who came out on top, just 24 seconds ahead of Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), making it the tightest margin of victory in the three 2020 Grand Tours.
British rider, Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), managed to pull off the biggest result of his career with a fantastic third place and a stage win on the famous Angliru climb.
He beat Irishman, Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) to the final podium spot by over a minute in the end as Martin faded on the final mountain stage.
The green points jersey was also snatched up by Roglič, he took the jersey ahead of Carapaz by 71 points in the end with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) being the highest placed sprinter in the standings.
The ‘King of the Mountains’ jersey was dominated by one rider after it changed hands multiple times in the first week.
Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) took the jersey mathematically with three stages still to go and won the jersey by 65 points over Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) who gave the Frenchman a good battle.
White went to Enric Mas (Movistar), a jersey that he held from stage one finishing on the Arrate climb, all the way to Madrid completely unchallenged.
The Spaniard too the jersey by 4-09 over David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ), who was busy taking two stage wins after falling out of GC.
The team standings, unsurprisingly, went to Movistar Team, a standing that has become synonymous with the team, but it was their only team victory at any Grand Tour this year. Lastly, Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) won the most combative rider category.
Final Vuelta a España 2020 standings
Final general classification
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, in 72-46-12
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers, at 24 seconds
3. Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling, at 1-15
4. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation, at 2-43
5. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar, at 3-36
6. Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain-McLaren, at 7-16
7. David de la Cruz (Esp) UAE Team Emirates, at 7-35
8. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 7-45
9. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 8-15
10. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at 9-34
Final points classification
1. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, 204 points
2. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers, 133 points
3. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation, 111 points
4. Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling, 96 points
5. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, 87 points
6. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, 84 points
7. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates, 80 points
8. Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team, 73 points
9. Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling, 72 points
10. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar Team, 71 points.
Final mountains classification
1. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, 99 points
2. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, 34 points
3. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers, 30 points
4. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, 29 points
5. Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma, 27 points
6. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, 24 points
7. Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Pro Cycling, 21 points
8. Michael Woods (Can) EF Pro Cycling, 21 points
9. Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates, 21 points
10. Dan Martin (Irl) Israel Start-Up Nation, 20 points.
Youth classification after stage 17
1. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar Team, in 69-21-35
2. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana, at 4-09
3. David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 6-00
4. Gino Mäder (Sui) NTT Pro Cycling, at 40-06
5. Georg Zimmermann (Ger) CCC Team, at 42-04
6. Will Barta (USA) CCC Team, at 42-28
7. Kobe Goossens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 59-21
8. Clément Champoussin (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1-17-44
9. Rob Power (Aus) Team Sunweb, at 1-30-22
10. Dorian Godon (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1-38-24.
Team classification after stage 16
1. Movistar, in 193-19-02
2. Jumbo-Visma, at 7-48
3. Astana Pro Team, at 40-17
4. UAE Team Emirates, at 1-04-05
5. Mitchelton-Scott, at 1-08-33
6. Cofidis, at 1-44-20
7. Ineos Grenadiers, at 2-32-28
8. Groupama-FDJ, at 2-44-38
9. Team Sunweb, at 3-08-27
10. EF Pro Cycling, at 3-12-25.
Vuelta a España 2020, stage 18: Hipódromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid (139.6km)
1. Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 3-28-13
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck – Quick-Step
3. Max Kanter (Ger) Sunweb
4. Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates
5. Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Sunweb
6. Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
7. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) NTT
8. Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
9. Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
10. Jon Aberasturi (Esp) Caja Rural – Seguros RGA, all at same time.